Hyatt Gold Passport Award Category Changes 2015

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It is time of the year again when hotel loyalty programs are announcing their forthcoming award category changes. Hyatt announced the category changes that come into effect on January 22, 2015, today.

Hyatt Gold Passport Award Category Changes 2015

For the most part, the changes that Hyatt is making are a non-event. They have 48 properties moving down in award category (one by two categories) and 22 properties moving up by a category.

You can access Hyatt’s web page for these changes here.

The award category changes take place at midnight CST on January 22, 2015. If you are holding an award reservation at any of the properties moving down, the Hyatt Gold Passport will reissue the award and refund the difference between the points required.

Any change to an existing award reservation at properties that require more points starting January 22 2015, will require you to pay the difference between the old and new number of points required.

Hyatt Gold Passport Properties Moving Up:

Hyatt Gold Passport Award Category Changes 2015 UP Chart

Hotel

Current

Category

New

Category

Hyatt House Raleigh North Hills

1

2

Hyatt Place Denver Tech Center

1

2

Hyatt Place Denver-South/Park Meadows

1

2

Hyatt Place Nashville Airport

1

2

Hyatt Place Pensacola Airport

1

2

Hyatt Regency Dongguan

1

2

Hyatt Regency Greenville

1

2

Excalibur

2

3

Hyatt House Miami Airport

2

3

Hyatt Place Dewey Beach

2

3

Hyatt Place Long Island/East End

2

3

Hyatt Place Portland – Old Port

2

3

Hyatt Regency Santa Clara

2

3

Hyatt Regency Toronto

2

3

Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo

3

4

Grand Hyatt Taipei

3

4

Grand Hyatt at Baha Mar

4

5

Grand Hyatt Macau

4

5

Park Hyatt Seoul

4

5

Andaz Amsterdam, Prinsengracht

5

6

Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Mediterranee

5

6

Park Hyatt Maldives, Hadahaa

6

7

The number of properties moving up in award categories is not high, but the Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo, Grand Hyatt Taipei, Park Hyatt Seoul, Andaz Amsterdam and Park Hyatt Maldives have all been good value redemptions. The Geand Hyatt Sao Paulo seems to move up by a category every year?

Why would on their right mind redeem at the Excalibur? You can usually get it for $50 per night.

Hyatt Gold Passport Properties Moving Down:

Hyatt Gold Passport Award Category Changes 2015 DOWN Chart

Hotel

Current

Category

New

Category

Hyatt House Colorado Springs

2

1

Hyatt on Main, Green Bay

2

1

Hyatt Place Albuquerque Airport

2

1

Hyatt Place Baton Rouge/I-10

2

1

Hyatt Place Ft. Myers

2

1

Hyatt Place Germantown

2

1

Hyatt Place Greensboro

2

1

Hyatt Place Greenville/Haywood

2

1

Hyatt Place Memphis/Primacy Parkway

2

1

Hyatt Place North Charleston

2

1

Hyatt Place Orlando Airport

2

1

Hyatt Place Orlando/Lake Mary

2

1

Hyatt Place Roanoke Airport/Valley View Mall

2

1

Hyatt Place Salt Lake City Airport

2

1

Hyatt Bangalore

3

2

Hyatt House Charlotte/Center City

3

2

Hyatt House Cypress/Anaheim

3

2

Hyatt Place Charlotte Downtown

3

2

Hyatt Place Orlando/Convention Center

3

2

Hyatt Place Orlando/Universal

3

2

Hyatt Place Saratoga/Malta

3

2

Hyatt Regency Chennai

3

2

Hyatt Regency Chongqing

3

2

Hyatt Regency Gurgaon

3

2

Hyatt Regency Jinan

3

2

Hyatt Regency Montreal

3

2

Hyatt Regency Osaka

3

2

Park Hyatt Chennai

3

2

Grand Hyatt Shenyang

4

2

Grand Hyatt San Antonio

4

3

Hyatt Capital Gate, Abu Dhabi

4

3

Hyatt Regency Bethesda

4

3

Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam

4

3

Hyatt Regency Delhi

4

3

Hyatt Regency Louisville

4

3

Hyatt Regency Mexico City

4

3

Hyatt Regency Orlando Intl Airport

4

3

Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six

4

3

Hyatt Regency San Antonio

4

3

Hyatt Regency Savannah

4

3

Grand Hyatt Washington

5

4

Hyatt French Quarter

5

4

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa

5

4

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

5

4

Hyatt Regency La Jolla

5

4

MGM Grand

5

4

Mandalay Bay

6

5

Park Hyatt Washington

6

5

Grand Hyatt Shenyan is the only property that moves by more than a category (from 4 to 2).

Park Hyatt Washington is pricey during the week, but their weekend rates are more reasonable. Quite a few Indian and Chinese properties are moving down + limited service Hyatt Place/House properties.

Conclusion

Whether this change has any material impact on you, depends the way you use your Hyatt Gold Passport points.

The only two proprties on this list that I have ever redeemed points (have used FFN’s on some others) are the Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa that goes from 25,000 to 30,000 points per night and the Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo that used to be just 5,000 points per night.

As I pointed out above, these changes shouldn’t have any material impact among Gold Passport members considering the huge yearly devaluations that Hilton, Marriott and Starwood have all gone through.

Here are the frequently asked questions about these changes by Hyatt:

1. Why is the Award Chart Changing?

Every year Hyatt Gold Passport performs an audit of amount of points that are assigned to each property. A hotel’s point category may be adjusted based on the current market conditions. Where possible, Hyatt Gold Passport makes an effort to minimize these changes.

2. How will the Hyatt Gold Passport Award Chart change?

Some hotels will move into a higher category and some hotels that will move to a lower category.

3. When will the changes to the award chart become effective?

Effective 12:01 a.m. CST, January 22, 2015, Hyatt Gold Passport will adjust the award categories for 70 hotels.

4. How many hotels are shifting to a higher category?

22 hotels will move into a higher award category. Free night award redemptions at these hotels will require additional Hyatt Gold Passport points effective 12:01 am CST, January 22, 2015:

Hotel

Current

Category

New

Category

Hyatt House Raleigh North Hills

1

2

Hyatt Place Denver Tech Center

1

2

Hyatt Place Denver-South/Park Meadows

1

2

Hyatt Place Nashville Airport

1

2

Hyatt Place Pensacola Airport

1

2

Hyatt Regency Dongguan

1

2

Hyatt Regency Greenville

1

2

Excalibur

2

3

Hyatt House Miami Airport

2

3

Hyatt Place Dewey Beach

2

3

Hyatt Place Long Island/East End

2

3

Hyatt Place Portland – Old Port

2

3

Hyatt Regency Santa Clara

2

3

Hyatt Regency Toronto

2

3

Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo

3

4

Grand Hyatt Taipei

3

4

Grand Hyatt at Baha Mar

4

5

Grand Hyatt Macau

4

5

Park Hyatt Seoul

4

5

Andaz Amsterdam, Prinsengracht

5

6

Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Mediterranee

5

6

Park Hyatt Maldives, Hadahaa

6

7

5. How many hotels are shifting to a lower category?

48 hotels will move into a lower award category. Free night award redemptions at these hotels will require fewer Hyatt Gold Passport points effective 12:01 am CST, January 22, 2015:

Hotel

Current

Category

New

Category

Hyatt House Colorado Springs

2

1

Hyatt on Main, Green Bay

2

1

Hyatt Place Albuquerque Airport

2

1

Hyatt Place Baton Rouge/I-10

2

1

Hyatt Place Ft. Myers

2

1

Hyatt Place Germantown

2

1

Hyatt Place Greensboro

2

1

Hyatt Place Greenville/Haywood

2

1

Hyatt Place Memphis/Primacy Parkway

2

1

Hyatt Place North Charleston

2

1

Hyatt Place Orlando Airport

2

1

Hyatt Place Orlando/Lake Mary

2

1

Hyatt Place Roanoke Airport/Valley View Mall

2

1

Hyatt Place Salt Lake City Airport

2

1

Hyatt Bangalore

3

2

Hyatt House Charlotte/Center City

3

2

Hyatt House Cypress/Anaheim

3

2

Hyatt Place Charlotte Downtown

3

2

Hyatt Place Orlando/Convention Center

3

2

Hyatt Place Orlando/Universal

3

2

Hyatt Place Saratoga/Malta

3

2

Hyatt Regency Chennai

3

2

Hyatt Regency Chongqing

3

2

Hyatt Regency Gurgaon

3

2

Hyatt Regency Jinan

3

2

Hyatt Regency Montreal

3

2

Hyatt Regency Osaka

3

2

Park Hyatt Chennai

3

2

Grand Hyatt Shenyang

4

2

Grand Hyatt San Antonio

4

3

Hyatt Capital Gate, Abu Dhabi

4

3

Hyatt Regency Bethesda

4

3

Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam

4

3

Hyatt Regency Delhi

4

3

Hyatt Regency Louisville

4

3

Hyatt Regency Mexico City

4

3

Hyatt Regency Orlando Intl Airport

4

3

Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six

4

3

Hyatt Regency San Antonio

4

3

Hyatt Regency Savannah

4

3

Grand Hyatt Washington

5

4

Hyatt French Quarter

5

4

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa

5

4

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

5

4

Hyatt Regency La Jolla

5

4

MGM Grand

5

4

Mandalay Bay

6

5

Park Hyatt Washington

6

5

6. What are the current point redemption values for each free night award category?

Category 1 = 5,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points
Category 2 = 8,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points
Category 3 = 12,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points
Category 4 = 15,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points
Category 5 = 20,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points
Category 6 = 25,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points
Category 7 = 30,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points

7. For free night award redemption reservations made before 12:01 am CST, January 22, 2014, which award chart will be effective?

All free night award redemptions booked before 12:01 am CST, January 22, 2015 will follow the current Award Chart. For example, if you book an award night prior to 12:01 am, January 22, 2015 for a stay that occurs on January 22, 2015 or after, the current Award Chart will apply. Any free night award redemptions booked at 12:01 am, January 22, 2015 or after will follow the new Award Chart.

8. For Hyatt Credit Card anniversary night redemption reservations made before 12:01 am CST, January 22, 2015, which award chart will be effective?

All Hyatt Credit Card Anniversary Award Night redemptions booked before 12:01 am CST, January 22, 2015 will follow the current Award Chart. For example, if you book an anniversary night prior to 12:01 am CST, January 22, 2015 for a stay that occurs on January 22, 2015 or after, the current Award Chart will apply. Any Anniversary Award Night redemption booked at 12:01 am CST, January 22, 2015 or after will follow the new Award Chart. Hyatt Credit Cardmembers may continue to redeem Anniversary Award Nights for Category 1-4 hotels only.

9. How will award nights booked prior to 12:01 am CST, January 22, 2015 be impacted if the hotel I am staying at now requires more or fewer points?

Redemptions for Hotels Moving to a Higher Category
Any Free Night Award booked at a property, prior to 12:01 am CST, January 22, 2015, that is shifting to a higher category on January 22, 2015 and requires more points will not be affected. Reservations will remain in place at the original point level. For example, a Free Night Award booked at a Category 1 hotel for 5,000 points before 12:01 am CST, January 22, 2015 that is moving to a Category 2 hotel for 8,000 points on January 22, 2015 will remain at 5,000 points.

Redemptions for Hotels Moving to a Lower Category
Any Free Night Award booked at a property, prior to 12:01 am CST, January 22, 2015, that is shifting to a lower category on January 22, 2015 and requires fewer points will receive an adjustment. Hyatt Gold Passport Customer Service will proactively deposit the point difference into a member’s account. For example, a member with a Free Night Award booked before 12:01 am CST, January 22, 2015 for a Category 2 hotel for 8,000 points that is moving to a Category 1 hotel for 5,000 points on January 22, 2015 will receive 3,000 points returned to his/her account. Points will be deposited into a member’s account after January 22, 2015.

10. Starting at 12:01am CST, January 22nd, 2015, how will modifications to existing reservations be handled?

Any modifications made to these reservations on or after 12:01 am CST, January 22nd will follow the terms of the new Award Chart. Any modifications to Hyatt Credit Card Anniversary Award Night reservations that cause an award reissue cannot be redeemed for hotels that moved from a Category 1 – 4 to Category 5 – 7 as of 12:01 am CST, January 22, 2015.

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